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22nd September 2017


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International News

VitrA stars at Designjunction

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Designjunction (21st - 24th September) is London's most prestigious design trade show presenting over 200 brands and attracting over 27,000 visitors over the four days of the London Design Festival - and VitrA will be making a real impact.

Porcel-Thin wins Business Innovator Award

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The Porcel-Thin team is proud to announce that the brand has been named 'Best Porcelain Tile Manufacturer - UK' by Corporate Vision in their esteemed Business Innovator Awards 2017.

Abode's collection of Dune sinks shortlisted in House Beautiful 2017 Award

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The Dune family of reversible granite sinks, which boasts two in an eye-catching, striking Black Granite and two in a contemporary Frost White Granite, has been shortlisted in this year's House Beautiful Awards.

The four sinks have a strong organic design style to them... rounded corners, sumptuous bowls and a stunning ripple-effect practical drainer pattern. These creative features are the backbone to the design which is right 'on trend' with current kitchen design fashion.

Designed to Suit

New Suit U and Suit L bathroom brassware from VitrA brings a distinctive finishing touch to any contemporary bathroom. Versatility is the key with both ranges which include a wide choice of basin mixers, bidet mixers, bath and shower fittings and chrome, copper and gold finish options.

British Ceramic Tile introduces a contemporary Laura Ashley splashback collection

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British Ceramic Tile and Laura Ashley have once again collaborated, combining their finely-honed design skills to launch a new collection of glass splashbacks.

The new Space Tower from LDL - too good to hide

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In yet another exclusive, leading components distributor LDL is launching a greatly enhanced version of the popular Blum Space Tower with an extended range of exciting new design elements and finishes.

Available now, the new Space Tower offers virtually unlimited co-ordination opportunities with the external kitchen design.

Major update project transforms Marpatt graphics catalogue in ArtiCAD-Pro

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KBB CAD software specialist and technology innovator, ArtiCAD, has announced that a major project to update the entire graphics catalogue for Marpatt has been completed.

Amica launches new cooling that will help to tackle food waste.

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UK consumers throw away an astonishing £17 billion worth of food every year. A high percentage of this food is fresh fruit and vegetables that look tired in fresh produce drawers or has gone past its best because the food was not eaten while it was in perfect, unblemished condition.

Neolith celebrates the workshop professional with 'Top Fabricator' competition

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Spanish company, TheSize, is calling on workshop professionals and marble workers globally to share their very best work, using Neolith, for the second annual 'Neolith Top Fabricators' competition, which highlights the difficulty and immense technical complexity that fabricators face when working on highly-specific projects and celebrates their consistency and attention to detail.

Bushboard to exhibit Nuance at Sleep 2017 (Stand DG6, London Design Centre)

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Bushboard, the renowned producer of laminate worksurfaces which is now part of the Wilsonart Group, will be using this year's hotel design event - Sleep - to showcase its outstanding Nuance bathroom wall panelling.

Hotpoint launches new range of dishwashers

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Hotpoint has launched a new range of 600mm dishwashers, comprising both built-in and freestanding models and offering excellent cleaning results, flexibility and striking performance - thanks to sustainable innovations and technologies.

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London Fire Brigade's latest campaign is going to impact quite heavily on this industry's appliance manufacturers... Its 'Don't turn your back on fridge fire risk' and 'Total Recalls' messages have been picked up by Which? - something that's likely to lead to demands from buyers in store and online, that manufacturers comply with LBF's recommendations.

Which? has this week added its voice to the LBF's campaign by asking manufacturers to stop making non-flame retardant plastic-backed fridges and freezers. The publication has written to manufacturers to urge them to stop using non-flame retardant plastic backing on fridges, freezers and fridge freezers, which could create a fire risk in people's homes due to their potential to accelerate the spread of fire.

In response to the announcement by Which? that it is getting behind the campaign, LFB's assistant commissioner for Fire Safety Dan Daly said: "We have been calling for fridges and freezers to be properly covered with fire retardant backing for a number of years and so we are pleased Which? has added weight to our campaign. "The entire back of fridges and freezers must be properly covered in fire resistant material to limit the spread of fire but the current manufacturing standards still allows for holes in the backing for cables or components which would leave the highly flammable insulation inside exposed.

"Partially covering the back of a fridge is like having a fire door with a hole in it that would allow fire, heat and smoke to pass through. "Nearly one fire a day in London involves white goods and June's tragic fire at Grenfell Tower started in a fridge freezer. Between 2010 and 2016 there have been nine fire deaths and 298 injuries as a result of fires involving white goods in London."

The Brigade has made a series of urgent calls for action to make white goods safer as part of its Total Recalls campaign. I'm aware that many manufacturers now include fire resistant backing as a matter of course, but in light of the assistant commissioner's warnings about cable holes being an issue, I'm wondering how much extra work is going to be involved in producing something that's completely safe without creating other problems with regard to cable management and extra bulk. Over to you...



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Jan Hobbs



This Week's News

KBBG welcomes JTP as a new supplier to members

* KBBG.jpgAnnounced at the Kitchen Bathroom Buying Group (KBBG) Annual Members' Meeting 2017, JTP has joined the growing list of suppliers available to KBBG members.

JTP is one of the UK's leading bathroom suppliers; consistently offering exceptional quality products that cater for all types of homes and lifestyles. JTP also offers a diverse mix of modern and traditional kitchen mixer taps, which are guaranteed to add a splash of luxury.

The complete bathroom solution from Crosswater

* CROSSWATER1.jpgTransform bathrooms into a luxurious retreat with the complete collection of brassware, furniture units and accessories from British bathroom specialist, Crosswater. Combining modern functionality with on-trend aesthetics, each product from the brand's extensive offering is manufactured to the highest specifications, offering customers assured quality and superior performance.

Perfect for introducing a high-tech element to bathing spaces, Bauhaus by Crosswater's new range of LED mirrors offers the latest in sensor-operated illumination. Combining user-friendly technology alongside design excellence, the Mike Pro mirror comes in two sizes and provides a bright, radiant light that is triggered with a simple hand motion.

How changing UK bathing habits can boost business for KBB retailers

* CHANGING-UK.jpgThe age-old ritual of relaxing in a long and luxurious bath is dying out, a recent survey revealed. Just 4% of people are now choosing to take a soak compared with over three quarters (79%) who prefer to take a quick and efficient shower.

Ash Chilver, sales director at HiB, has some ideas on how this change in our personal habits can be used to the advantage of the KBB industry.

Roman celebrates Queen's Award

* Roman-celebrates-award.jpgRoman announced in April that it had won the Queen's Award for International Trade and the company has just celebrated the award with all Roman staff. This ceremony was held at Roman headquarters where there was a presentation made by the Queen's representative, the Lord Lieutenant of County Durham, Sue Snowdon.

The Lord Lieutenant was formally welcomed by managing director David Osborne, before being given a tour of the showroom and the manufacturing plants, meeting members of the workforce along the way.

Easy use for everyone - a new classic from VitrA

VitrA-New-Easy-Use.jpgOffering a compelling design solution for every bathroom, new Z-Line from VitrA is a sleek, modern range of bathroom brassware featuring a smoothly contoured body with an easy-to-use flat lever control conveniently mounted on the side.

There are three basin mixers in the range - a standard size and a tall monobloc, both with or without pop-up waste and one with a useful swivel spout. The Z-Line range also includes built-in shower and bath/shower mixers - these models are designed to be used with VitrA's concealed part and need a minimum pressure of 1 bar. Additionally, there is a shower mixer and bath/shower mixer that complements this angular range.

Bertazzoni goes to new lengths with 110cm range

* Bertazzoni-110range.jpgDue to demand, Bertazzoni has chosen to develop 110cm models of its Professional and Master Series range cookers, complementing its existing product portfolio of 60cm, 90cm, 100cm and 120cm lines.

The new 110cm triple ovens can be fitted with a 6-burner gas hobs, or an electric induction top allowing the customer complete flexibility. The Professional Series cookers can be specified in a variety of colourways including stainless, burgundy, black and white as well as brighter shades of yellow, orange and red associated with classically-Italian sports cars.

Bette appoints new distributor

* Bette.jpgGerman glazed titanium-steel bathroom manufacturer, Bette, has announced that it is making a change to its distribution arrangements. Bette products can currently be ordered through Ideal Bathrooms and Farmiloes.

From 1st January 2018, products will be ordered through Davroc and Farmiloes, which will continue to provide nationwide coverage.

The price is right with Blanco's new online dealer portal

* Blanco-dealer-portal.jpgAllowing quick and easy access to pricing, a new dealer portal has been launched by Blanco on its website.

Home appliance brand launches cookery club scheme for primary schools

* Belling.jpgUK home appliance brand Belling has launched 'Belling Cookery Club', an initiative to support primary schools and enable them to provide practical cookery classes for children.

With cooking and nutrition now forming part of the curriculum across the UK but only an estimated 25% of primary schools having a teaching kitchen or facilities, it is believed that the majority of Key Stage 1 and 2 pupils don't receive practical cookery experiences.

Ridgeons donates essential building materials to Barbuda hurricane appeal

* Ridgeons-donates.jpgRidgeons in Bury St Edmunds is donating £1,000 worth of construction materials and building tools to a Barbuda appeal to help people on the island rebuild homes following Hurricane Irma.

The appeal, operated by Suffolk residents Alice Bolton and her mother Ruth Bolton, who have family and friends living in Barbuda, will be receiving items from the Ridgeons branch including tarpaulins, nails, screws, hammers, saws, hand tools and tape measures.

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Recent News

GM Distribution joins the expanding BMA

GM Distribution of Milton Keynes has joined the Bathroom Manufacturers Association as a new affiliate member. This takes the number of brands which the trade association supports to well over 100 and GMGB's additional wealth of understanding and knowledge of the industry will be much appreciated throughout the BMA.

Successful thought leadership summit focuses on food and design trends, expert voices and experiences

The first edition of Franke's new flagship thought leadership event 'Think Next by Franke' brought almost 500 guests to the company's headquarters in Aarburg, Switzerland.

Mayor's focus on small sites can help solve London's housing crisis, says FMB

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The London Housing Strategy's strong focus on bringing forward more small sites will help solve the housing crisis by opening up the market to SME house builders, according to the Federation of Master Builders London.

Over 5% of UK homes now have a wetroom installation

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The value of the wetroom market has increased by 10% between 2014-2016, according to a report by AMA Research. The sector offers significant growth potential within the UK bathroom market, with demand for wetrooms having increased significantly in recent years.

BMA finalises industry conference line up

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The Bathroom Manufacturers Association, organiser of the annual Bathroom & Kitchen Industry Business Conference, has announced its final line-up of speakers.

KBSA announces another speaker for National Conference

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The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced another accomplished business speaker for the 2017 National Conference which is being held on 3rd October 2017.

Abode products appear on ITV's 'Love your home & garden'

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Two Abode kitchen products were featured on ITV'S Alan Titchmarsh's Love Your Home & Garden television programme, which aired on Wednesday, (Ed: still time to see it on 'catch-up').

Triton - now installing showers in living rooms

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Warwickshire based Triton Showers has invested an initial six figure sum into an update of the brand and development of a national advertising campaign, which is set to air in customers living rooms this Autumn.

Consumers can meet a kitchen expert at Grand Designs

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The Kitchen, Bathroom & Bedroom Specialists Association has announced that it will have a
number of retail members present to provide advice on live projects at Grand Designs Live (11th -15th October 2017 at NEC, Birmingham).


Ideal Standard appoints Stephen Ewer as managing director UK & Ireland

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Ideal Standard has appointed Stephen Ewer as managing director UK Cluster, which includes the UK, Ireland and operations in Australia.

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